Harvest Moon

Regain your childhood’s fun and treat yourself to a small herb and fruit-and-veg garden.

IIn my childhood, not only my parents, but also all my aunts and uncles grew fruit and veg in their gardens. I wasn’t that much into the veggies as a child, but cherries, strawberries, raspberries and pears were my favorites. It was magic: eating fruits directly from shrubs and trees, adorning yourself with “cherry-earrings”, pulling panicles of redcurrants through your teeth, making funny faces when eating unripe gooseberries and quickly throwing wormy plums over into the neighbor’s garden.

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Spring clean. In the garden!

Prune your plants now and you will enjoy a beautiful garden this summer.

TThe winter on the Côte d’Azur, that, a hundred years ago, attracted the rich and famous from London, Berlin and Paris in droves, lures with many serene days and mild temperatures, usually between 12 and 16 degrees. On windless sunny days, you might start sweating while strolling on the Rue d’Antibes in Cannes, the déjeuner outside puts a fresh tan on your face and in the garden of the beloved holiday home suddenly everything grows uncontrollably. And here’s the problem, which is, in fact, not really one, but to this we’ll be getting later.

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La vie en Rose

Do roses grow well in a Mediterranean garden on the French Riviera?

RRoses, these thorny, but smooth-petalled and perfumed flowers have been an integral part of our culture for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians adored them cultically, in China roses have been cultivated since 2700 B.C., the Egyptians dedicated the red rose to their goddess Isis. Greeks crowned their glorious warriors with them, and the infamous Roman emperor Nero indulged his guests at the legendary “sub rosa”-party with rose petals, rosewater, rose oil and rose wine. In the early age of sail roses became the export hit of the Orient and, when the “War of the Roses” was finally over, England made the rose its national flower. Continue Reading →

Bonjour Tristesse

Why autumn is the right time to plant on the Mediterranean

Landscaping and Planting

DDoesn’t this book title of Francoise Sagan fit perfectly for November, this misty, gloomy killjoy? Deeply unmotivated to tackle garden work in cold and rain, we half-heartedly repair the tool shed’s door, only to get back inside asap where a hot pumpkin soup awaits us. Yep, it’s like that in countries with a more northern latitude. But not on the Cote D’Azur! Continue Reading →